13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Better than last gen but still room for improvement,
This review is from: Madden NFL 25 (PS4) (Video Game)
Having played a season of Madden 25 on my Xbox 360, going undefeated with my custom Steelers running back, I knew that the next gen version would be a day one purchase with my Playstation 4. I really enjoyed the gameplay and as always the presentation of the game was first class - surely that wouldn't be any different on the PS4? As it turned out, the game is just as enjoyable though some of the annoyances remain.
First off, the presentation is still first class and the move to a more powerful console has made things even better. The menus are very akin to the Metro stylings of Windows 8, with a grid of different options that is now found in the pause menu as well as the main menus. Everything is easy to find, though I was a bit confused moving from the old list view in the pause menu. The match day feel is retained from the very beginning, from the videos of each team to the animated avatars of Phil Simms and Jim Nantz as well as the stat overlays (often sponsored by a well known company). Commentary is solid, though Phil Simms does recycle his lines a lot. The Ignite engine helps animate the crowd and the field and gives a real sense of immersion, though I do miss the stadium flyovers from the last gen and some players don't look right (Colin Kaepernick has no tattoos, for example). I also feel that the graphics could be even better - NBA 2k14 on next gen has showed just what these consoles can do and Madden isn't quite there yet.
Gameplay is as good as it's always been. I'm not a massively hardcore NFL fan but I find that I can string plays together quite well. Running plays seem to be more difficult than on last gen and as my created character I've struggled to make many yards on the same Pro difficulty - some people have reported a speeding up of motion once the HB has the ball but I haven't really experienced this. The Read Option is very difficult to pull off and is a bit fiddly - I think I've been successful once so far when trying the play. Passing is fine and defending is responsive - I'm just not very good at it!
All of the game modes in the last gen game appear to have returned, from the very useful Skills Trainer to Connected Franchises and Ultimate Team. Personally I'm still mourning the loss of the normal Create a Team (and the amazing stadiums I made in it) but I guess EA can push more people towards Ultimate Team without its inclusion. Ultimate Team remains a cash cow for EA across its sports series, but the game definitely doesn't require that you splash out for more players. Online play is fine - I've yet to really play much online but the games I've played have been alright.
All in all, Madden 25 is an improvement over its last gen namesake but there is still a lot that could be done, and no doubt will be done for the next instalment of this successful franchise.